Consumers are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint, and not surprisingly, it’s become more and more common and chic to find ways to save money on electricity bills. That is, while enjoying the comforts of using appliances that make our lives so much easier, yet consume a lot of energy as a consequence.
It’s no surprise that vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, and washing machines are some of the most wasteful appliances in terms of utilities such as water and electricity. Without knowing the right hacks, they will rack up the expenses in wasted energy and repairs. The thing is, there is a way to continue enjoying the benefits and advantages of these appliances while cutting down on costs, all you need is to use them wisely.
That’s where we come in; we’ve come up with ways on how you can get the most of these appliances to the last kilowatt hour they consume. Using them correctly and efficiently can not only extend their lifecycle, but also help you save more over the long run.
Ready to save more on your electricity bills and repair, and reduce your carbon footprint in the process? Read on.
1. Check Your Washing Machine’s Filters
One thing we all tend to forget doing is to check the filters of our washing machines. We just don’t do it often enough. However, ensuring that your filters are clean go a long way in making sure that you don’t break your washing machine. Check your filters for any residual detergents, impurities, as well as odds and sods that end up in them such as hair, bills, scraps of receipts, and tissue paper to ensure that they don’t clog.
2. Don’t Hook Your Washing Machine to a Bad Situation
Make sure to check out hooks on underwear and clothes and see to it that they don’t get detached or break off and clog the filters. Put any clothes that have hooks inside a cloth bag such as a pillowcase to make sure this doesn’t happen.
3. #NoFilter: Maintain Your Vacuum Cleaner by Maintaining its Filters
If you find that your vac isn’t as efficient as pulling in dust and debris from your fixtures, it’s probably high time you cleaned its filters. Detach them from the machine and wash them in warm water; before putting them back, make absolutely sure they’re dry. Replace them every 6 to 12 months. Some vacuum cleaners have even longer filter shelf-life, as we’ve seen on Vacuum Fox.
4. Use the Right Bags for Your Vac
Make sure to only use bags that match your model. Do not empty and reuse the same bag if you want to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner.
5. Maintaining Good Vac Hygiene
Take care when vacuuming carpets that have dense concentrations of long hair; these will clog your filter quickly. When storing your vacuum cleaner, clean its brushes with an old comb and wash once in a while with water and a few drops of handwashing detergent.
5. Use Your Dishwasher on Economy Mode
Many dishwashers come with an economy mode to clean dishes that aren’t too dirty, and to wash them at low temperatures without drying them. Washing your dishes at 45°F is more than enough to clean them; anything more will be a waste unless trying to clean stubborn stains from your plates.
6. Never Dry Your Dishes with Hot Air
Air-drying your dishes is more than enough; drying with hot air consumes an exorbitant amount of energy. Leave the dishwasher’s door open to air dry your plates and save a lot on your electricity bills.
7. Use Detergent Sparingly
Try to use eco-friendly detergents as much as possible and only at the recommended amounts; never use more than what you need.
Following these 7 tips religiously will instantly make a dent into your expenses; internalize them and you WILL get the most out of these three appliances.